November 19, 2010 The Playwickian

The Playwickian
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Letter to the Editor

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Editorial Board Editor in Chief Tori Hyndman Managing Editor Lera Salmon Business Editor Dan Coleman News Editors Meghan Breitkreutz, Amanda Covon and Deanna Zaro Op-Ed Editors Becca Erskine and Jess Thorson Student Life Editors Emily Duke, Emeline Jarvie and Josh Reznik Special Features Editors Mel Matyi and Rachel Rotteveel Entertainment Editors Dana Jeffers, Jocelyn Joseph and Juliette Rihl Sports Editors Jon Mettus and Sam Pipe Expressions Editors Lexi Rotunno and Katey Smyth Photography Editors Susie Mayer and Matt Reinhold Graphics and Art Editor Mariya Pilipenko Circulation Editors Tiffany McMahon and Ashley Titler Copy Editors Brielle Ballantine, Lauren Driscoll, Joanna Sauer and Janelle Thee Archivist Dann O’Rourke Office Manager Karla Onate Adviser Tara Huber Staff Writers
Jill Aaronson, Bill Banks, Katelyn
Begley, Colin Bonner, Danielle Brown, Mike Brunell, Jess Bussman, Shannon Byrne, Bryn Conlan, Marmonee Cooper, Maya Crenshaw, Megan Fantini, Carly Fario, Sarah Grudza, Christina Harman, Kieran Hastings, Jess Heinsinger, Jacqueline Henry, Mark Henry Jr., Christian Hodge, Lily Humphreys, Robert Juza, Sabina Khantsas, Tyler Kitchenman, Corey LaQuay, Breanna Leedom, Molly Lichtner, Grant Longden, Francesca Mancino, Sabrina Matles, Aubrey McCaulley, Alexis McGuire, Shealyn Miles, Sean Murtha, Brett Nabit, Corrine Nelson, Jenna Nelson, Antonella Pilaras, Juliet Powell, Alyssa Schnepp, Emily Scott, Mason Shope, Marissa Silverman, Victor Simmons, Jess Sooby, Tom Sottnick, Joe Turner,

Harsh critique of local media coverage
Dear Fox 29 News and the Bucks County Courier Times: Your recent coverage of the disputes between the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the School Board of Directors has not been a complete representation of what actually goes on behind closed doors. The coverage neglects to provide accuracy to the community who may rely solely on the media’s attention of these issues. The district, its faculty, parents, and most importantly, its students, have not been accurately represented through the many reports that headline the news. There seems to be confusion by your media outlets when dealing with this issue, and it seems to confuse many in the community, because they do not know whom to believe. Beginning this past June, when the work-to-contract action was first enacted, the school district has attained much attention over a common issue that has been seen all over the country. But why has the Neshaminy case become different from all the others? It is, in part, due to the constant media attention drawn to the school. Your presence has at times hindered the day-to-day operations at the district’s schools. Showing up on school grounds to interview students who have no idea what is going on is not professional. Calling students on the phone and baiting them to make disparaging statements against their teachers - well, that is flat out unethical. Both the televised and printed media coverage of the Neshaminy labor disputes only showcased the negative repercussions of the actions between the NFT and the school board. The work to contract has let teachers decide whether or not to attend graduation, backto-school night, and other school functions. However, the teachers who simply worked to contract were scrutinized by the media in numerous ways. Many teachers were perceived as slackers who did not put forth any effort in the classroom. Constantly referring to the lack of homework given to students is a dead argument. Students in third grade are not expected to be given hours of homework a night, if they were parents would argue for less homework. “He had a lot of homework last year and not a lot this year,” one parent commented in the Bucks County Courier Times article from Oct. 13. While it may seem that many students are not receiving homework in their classes, it is not the case for all students. Homework is still being given to many students in various college prep, honors, and AP classes. In fact, some students have complained of too much homework, staying up until the wee hours in the morning, lucky if they receive two hours of sleep before school the next day. It makes no sense to debate what is learned in a classroom either. If a parent/ guardian is not in the classroom they cannot believe every thing their child reports to them. The public is being sent mixed messages through the recent coverage of the ongoing disputes. It seems as if both outlets will find something negative about the school district. Even when nothing is wrong, Fox 29 and the Courier Times are finding ways to put Neshaminy in the spotlight in negative ways. This is often achieved by the inaccurate reporting of the issues at hand. By merely referring to the school district as “Planet Neshaminy” in the Courier Times and often asking “What color is the sky in your world?” on Fox 29 News degrades the quality of the school district, which is still highly acclaimed amidst the troubles that are discussed behind closed doors. While this is in no way meant to defend either side of the dispute, this is however meant to clarify the misconception of the students’ point of view of the situation that is lived every day. The students are the silent heroes in this dispute. Overall, we do not ask for much, just a few articles and interviews of true information about Neshaminy School Distrtict would suffice. Not only has false media made attending school uncomfortable for the teachers, who are constantly degrated, but even the students feel uneasy as well. The focus should be on the positive achievements and activites of the students in the schools, rather than what is troublesome in the district. This unsigned editorial represents the majority view of the editorial board.

Dear Tori Hyndman, My name is Marie Rayme and I am in the 10th grade and I absolutely love the article you wrote in October! I compliment the structure and the way it related to our everyday lives. “Premature aging rushes adolescent stage” is true because many teens nowadays are really overdoing it when it comes to make up. Sometimes they try so hard it looks like they have masks on their face. The part of the article I liked the most was when you mentioned how adolescents watch their older siblings and family members go off to college and have freedom. They end up getting jealous because they want the same freedom and they start to develop and mimic these behaviors they view from afar. It relates to me in a way because I feel as though I have wanted to do what my older siblings did but never to the point of wearing too much make up just to be granted adult privileges. This article can really open the eyes of some girls in Neshaminy High School and I encourage you to please continue writing articles about things like this. This is what Neshaminy girls need to see and read more often, so thank you. P.S. Girl, you got talent. Flaunt it babes! Lol. Sincerely, Marie Rayme Sophomore

Cyber-obsessed world
By Becca Erskine Op-Ed Editor Before our world grew a keyboard, Wi-Fi connection, and USB plug, things were much simpler. It may be hard to imagine now, but at one point in time the human race was able to exist minus the large amount of technical gadgets that impressively increase the speed and convenience of communication. With impressively large amounts of computers and search engines available, our world has turned into a live, world-wide message board. America’s favorite communication web site of all time, Facebook, which was established in 2004, has continued to serve as a painfully addicting web browser to people all around the world. The letters often typed into the web address box have become much more predictable, and if you own a Facebook yourself, you cannot deny that typing in this particular web address is almost second nature. Another web phenomenon, Twitter, which is also used by many internet-lovers, serves as a second way of convenient communication and is also known to be very popular amongst celebrities. The common phrase, “Follow me on Twitter,” literally encourages webaddicts to stalk other people’s everyday plans or thoughts that they may post for the world to read. Back in the day, if a person had a question or concern which they could not answer themselves, their natural reaction would be to look in the dictionary, or thesaurus. Well, times have changed, and if you have any problem at all, there is only one thing to turn to: Google. Google encourages people to slack and depend on the internet. This ever-popular search engine further encourages people to highly depend on technology to solve their every day problems. I cannot be sure that people are aware of the internet’s rein over us, but if they are not now they soon will be. The internet has taken our once simplistic world and turned it upside down into a world of psychotic, internet-obsessed Facebook junkies. Instead of knocking on a neighbor’s door to pay them a visit, or sending someone a birthday card in the mail, we now post comments on people’s “wall,” or more popularly, comment on their “status.” Why even bother asking out the girl of your dreams in person? Just relationship request her on Facebook. Are you angry at someone? Post how much you dislike them as your status. Do you really want to get under someone’s skin? The best way to handle that would be to sarcastically “like” their new profile picture. These natural tendencies have developed in people all around the world, it is the new way of communication; it involves giga-bites and browsers, but it is communication at its finest. The internet’s ridiculously large impact on the world and the way people communicate with one another has reached an undeniably concerning level. Will this internet-craze continue to grow and expand until all of us humans can no longer stare at the screen? Are we going to be influenced by the web in such a way for the rest of time? Or has the internet reached its highest potential? Either way, I cannot answer these questions myself, so Google it. Or better yet, message me on Facebook and we can talk about it.
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